Our application is now open for our next cohort stating in June 2020. Students interested in applying should take the necessary steps as outlined below.

Priority Deadline: Friday, November 8th, 2019

Final Deadline: Monday, February 17th, 2020

Promising applicants will be invited to additional selection processes.

Admission Requirements

  • All applicants must complete the online SMU application
  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) grade point average of 2.5* (on a 4.0 scale)
  • For applicants with a GPA below 2.5, GRE (Graduate Record Exam) scores within the last five years are required. Please use the institution code 7464.
  • Copy of valid Texas teacher certification
  • Copy of service record reflecting two years teaching experience in an accredited public, private or charter school
  • Applicants with a degree from countries where the predominant language is not English are required to supply scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service. The minimum scores for admission speaking 26, listening/reading 22, and writing 21.
  • Employed by a partner district/charter management organization.
  • Commitment to being a school leader. All participants commit to serving in a partner district for one year beyond graduation.
  • Essays—four prompts will be provided in the application
  • Official copies of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts where a degree has been conferred or you have received 9 or more credit hours.* 

Official Transcripts must be sent directly by the institution to SMU.

Electronic transcripts should be sent to:

gradappmaterials@smu.edu

Paper transcripts should be sent to: 
Graduate Application Processing
PO Box 518
Dallas, TX 75275-0518

* calculated in accordance with current TEA guidelines. Simmons reserves the right to rescind an offer of admission should any misrepresentation occur. 

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